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Boot Camp

Northern Stage is thrilled to introduce Boot Camp, a program designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts. With support from the Pussycat Foundation and created to honor the philanthropic and creative spirits of Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, Boot Camp serves young artists who lack access to the resources required to pursue professional-level arts training. Admission to colleges, BFA theater programs, and performing arts conservatories are highly competitive, and Boot Camp seeks to level the playing field by preparing students to compete at the highest level for continued arts and performance studies.

Run by Northern Stage’s Director of Education Eric Love, Boot Camp provides personalized training tailored to each student’s unique capabilities and aspirations, as well as assistance with college admission and financial aid applications. Boot Camp Cadets receive one-on-one training and mentorship from professional theater artists, participate in group master classes, and perform with Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio and Summer Musical Theater Intensive. In addition to these opportunities, Boot Camp Apprentices also receive training in theater administration and production while working part time in the Northern Stage offices. Included in the Boot Camp program is a trip to New York to experience Broadway productions and participate in the National Unified Auditions, where Cadets and Apprentices are seen by top universities. Boot Camp Director Eric Love says, “A life in the arts is a thrilling journey. For students who know this is the life they want, Boot Camp will turn their first steps into leaps toward the future.”

Boot Camp is now in its third year and is currently invitation-only. With weekly voice and dance lessons, monthly master classes, audition preparation, and more, this rigorous program requires significant time and energy from the students. In the first year, all seven seniors/recent graduates were accepted into college theater programs.

What our past Boot Camp students have to say about the program…

“Boot Camp gave me all the opportunity and just asked me to give effort and have discipline,” – David Stark, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

“Getting accepted into college immediately after my first audition in the city was the most phenomenal feeling in the world,” – Emmy Masteller, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

“For the first time I am excited for what my future holds.” – Rylee Pauling, 2017-18 Boot Camp Apprentice

“Boot Camp is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” – Kyle Mason, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

For more information about the program or how to apply, contact Director of Education Eric Love at

Made possible through the generosity of the Pussycat Foundation.

Youth Training

The educational programs at Northern Stage seek to engage local students of all ages in exploring the world of theater while challenging their beliefs about the world around them. We meet each student at his or her own level and seek to build confidence, knowledge, and a love of theater in a professional environment. We hope that participating in classes and workshops at Northern Stage will help make theater a meaningful part of lives now and in the years to come. To learn more about our Education Programs, download our one-page flier by clicking here.


Northern Stage is thrilled to introduce Boot Camp, a program designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts.


Every June, Northern Stage offers week-long summer camps. All classes focus on team work, self-confidence, and acting techniques.


Each summer, Northern Stage offers the Summer Musical Theater Intensive and Technical Apprentice Program. These programs are designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to young actors, ages 12-18, and young technicians, ages 14-18.


Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry that happens on the stage. We pride ourselves in having a fully professional and exceptionally gifted production staff, from our technical director, to our scenic artists, to our props master. This program is designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future. The summer Technical Apprentice Program runs in conjunction with the Summer Musical Theater Intensive. TAP students will work on this production in the shops and run crew for performances.


YES members will participate in group nights at the theater with post show discussions and monthly master classes with cast members and creative teams of the main stage productions. YES will also rehearse and perform three productions throughout the course of the academic school year, culminating in a fully-produced musical on the main stage.

YES, Jr.

YES, Jr. is designed for kids with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. From January-March the YES, Jr. company will see three shows at Northern Stage with a master class beforehand and talkbacks afterwards. Over February vacation week they will rehearse and perform a 30-minute play that focuses on acting technique.

Press & Media

“The professional theater company is bringing performance into public schools, students into the spotlight and profit into the community.”

Evan Malachosky, Cool Hunting

2019-20 Season

Northern Stage: The New 2019-2020 Season
Northern Stage Announces 2019-20 Season: THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and More!

Only Yesterday Off-Broadway

59E59 Announces Upcoming Summer Season

Education & Artistic Outreach

Vermont’s Northern Stage Turns Kids into Arts Enthusiasts
Student Spotlight: Stephanie Everett ’19 performs with passion
Northern Stage Educational Program Growth Sparks Purchase Of Building In Downtown White River Junction
Northern Stage Announces Boot Camp
New London Barn Partners with Northern Stage for Boot Camp
Northern Stage Theater Students Present Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
Northern Stage presents its fourth Summer Musical Theater Intensive production, Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
Northern Stage Summer Musical Theater Intensive Students Present JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Student Spotlight on actor, singer and designer Jaclyn Pageau ’18
A group of professional actors based in White River Junction are bringing the Bard of Avon to six area schools
Northern Stage theater group’s program aims to get young performers acquainted with the works of William Shakespeare
Our Kids, and Northern Stage: Growing Shakespeare
Actors in Vermont prove kids and Shakespeare go hand in hand
Students Step Into Shakespeare Roles As Part Of Northern Stage Theater Program
Student Spotlight: Claire Feuille ’18 reimagines Shakespeare
Northern Stage extends program to eight schools
Northern Stage Expands BridgeUP: Theater In The Schools To 8 Area Schools, Serving Nearly 300 Students
Our Kids, and Northern Stage: Growing Shakespeare
Fall 2017 MLDP Students Reflect on Leading A Cohesive Team at Northern Stage

New Work

Francisco Mendoza Wins Dartmouth’s Neukom Award for Playwriting
Women Vets Take Center Stage in New Upper Valley Play ‘Deployed’

Female Veterans From New England Tell Their Stories In ‘Deployed’
Female Veterans Book Group Inspires Deployed Play
Women’s Military Experience to Take Center Stage in Upper Valley Play This Weekend
Playwrights tell stories from female veterans
Northern Stage hosts ‘ Deployed ’ workshop
“Deployed” by Nicola Smith Premieres On March 30 at VA Medical Center
Theater Preview: Voices of Women Veterans
DEPLOYED, A New Play About Female Veterans Receives Workshop At Northern Stage And Reading At VA Medical Center
ONLY YESTERDAY Heads to New York This Fall and World Premiere of VENUS RISING Takes the Main Stage
Jack Neary’s Trick or Treat slated for off-Broadway run
Play on Artificial Intelligence, Choice, and the Future Wins Inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award
Northern Stage Play is Heading to New York

Northern Stage

Why A Tiny Vermont Town Could Be A Model For Impactful Real Estate Investing
Irene Green To Replace Eric Bunge As Northern Stage’s New Managing Director
Northern Stage elevates a new leader
Interview with Northern Stage photographer Kata Sasvari
Worth Knowing: Photo exhibit at Northern Stage

Irene Green Named Managing Director at Northern Stage
Carol Dunne Takes to the Stage, Capping An Eventful Year
Leadership Award Recipients Announced; Carol Dunne and Northern Stage recipients
Northern Stage’s Eric Bunge To Step Down
Eric Bunge to Step Down as Managing Director of Northern Stage
Northern Stage’s Managing Director Eric Bunge To Step Down
Northern Stage Welcomes New BOLD Associate Artistic Director Jess Chayes and BOLD Gurley Brown Fellow Virginia Ogden as 2018-19 Season is Launched
Typewriter Takes Its Leave, Northern Stage Moves In
Building the Barrette
Northern Stage Artistic Director Receives $250K Grant
Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne Awarded Helen Gurley Brown Genius Grant
$250,000 Grant Awarded to Northern Stage’s Carol Dunne
Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Receives Genius Grant

BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle

The Ensemble Theatre Hosts Annual Heart of the Theatre Celebration
Women in the Arts & Media Coalition Announces Collaboration Awards
Northern Stage Welcomes New BOLD Associate Artistic Director And BOLD Gurley Brown Fellow
Feature: Northern Stage Announces Winners of $1.25 Million Grant to Support Women in Theater
Initiative to Help Women in Theater Names Grant Recipients
Know a Theatre: Northern Stage of White River Junction, Vt.
Northern Stage Launches BOLD Women’s Leadership Circle
Alliance Theatre, director Susan V. Booth, win $250k grant
WP Theater Announced as Winner of Bold Theater Women’s Leadership Circle Grant; Adds Tamilla Woodard & Rachel Karpf to Their Team
Jungle Theater receives ‘transformative’ grant
Northern Stage Announces $1.25 Million National Theater Partnership
Northern Stage Announces First Cohort of the BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle
Minneapolis’ Jungle Theater wins up to $1 million from estate of Cosmopolitan editor
Carol Dunne: Finding a Voice for Women in Theater
$1.25 Million Grant Led by Northern Stage’s Carol Dunne
Northern Stage to Charter New $1.25 Million Program
Carol Dunne paves way for parity in theater with new grant
Highlights: Northern Stage Leader to Start Mentoring Program for Woman in Theater

2018-19 Season


Theater Review: Once, Northern Stage
Theater Review: Northern Stage’s Once effervescent and very Irish
Once: Bittersweet at Northern Stage
Highlights: Norwich native designs Dublin streets for Northern Stage’s Once
Once upon a time … an Irish love story
Twelve Actor-Musicians Play Over Twenty Instruments In Once At Northern Stage
Once Offers Musical Delight

Buyer & Cellar

Love, Streisand in WRJ
Theater Review: ‘Buyer & Cellar,’ Northern Stage
‘Buyer & Cellar’: Eric Love brings life and laughs to Barbra Streisand’s ‘world’
Highlights: One-man show tackles youth, celebrity and laughs
‘Buyer & Cellar’: Eric Love brings life and laughs to Barbra Streisand’s ‘world’
Northern Stage Director Of Education Eric Love To Star In Upcoming Comedy BUYER & CELLAR

Venus Rising

Northern Stage’s Venus Rising Powerful, Challenging…and Funny
Theater Review: Elderly mother scandalizes daughter in Venus Rising
Theater Review: Venus Rising, Northern Stage
Venus Rising At Northern Stage: The Not-So-Bitter End
Highlights: Hanover Playwright Sharpens Her Barbed Humor
Venus Rising: Northern Stage premieres insightful family comedy

Trick or Treat Off-Broadway

Stagestruck: Big Apple Bites
Trick or Treat Plays to See Review
Theater Faculty Take Center Stage in New York City
TRICK OR TREAT at 59E59 Theaters is a Must-See
Trick or Treat Off Off Online Review
Trick or Treat – Ambushed By Secrets
Trick or Treat Wolf Entertainment Review
Gordon Clapp Stars in TRICK OR TREAT at 59E59 Theaters
Theater Review (NYC Off-Broadway): Trick or Treat by Jack Neary
Trick or Treat Theater Pizzazz Review
Trick or Treat Starring Emmy Winner Gordon Clapp Begins at 59E59
59E59 Theaters Announces Productions For The 2019 Winter Season
TRICK OR TREAT, Starring Gordon Clapp, Makes NYC Premiere At 59E59 Theaters

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

The sheer glorious wonder of Matilda The Musical
Theater Review: Northern Stage’s Matilda Would Have Pleased Roald Dahl
Matilda Makes Magic on Northern Stage
Yankee Chronicle with Carol Dunne of Northern Stage
Bookworms: Celebrating Matilda at Northern Stage
Theater Review: Matilda at Northern Stage
Highlights: At Northern Stage, a Teenage Actor Has Become a Veteran
Matilda Comes to Town
Matilda the Musical: 30 young thespians join the pros

Dear Elizabeth

Theater Review: Dear Elizabeth, Northern Stage 
Carol Dunne Takes to the Stage, Capping An Eventful Year
Dear Elizabeth: The Might Have Been
Theater review: Poets thrive and dive in Dear Elizabeth
Highlights: Northern Stage Actors Find Two Plays Are Easy After Noises Off!
Watch the CATV interview about Oslo and Dear Elizabeth with directors Peter Hackett and Carol Dunne
The Power of 2 at Shaker Bridge, Northern Stage


Photo Flash: Northern Stage Presents Broadway Hit OSLO
Oslo historic — and thrilling
Oslo: Food and Politics and More
Theater Review: Oslo, Northern Stage
Watch the CATV interview about Oslo and Dear Elizabeth with directors Peter Hackett and Carol Dunne
Highlights: Northern Stage Opens Its Season With a Modern History Play
The Power of 2 at Shaker Bridge, Northern Stage